“How to beat aches and pains if you’re a trap shooter”
by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR
Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.
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Very few activities can be as thrilling as hitting every one of your clays!
And being outdoors either out on your own or with your buddies can be one of the most satisfying experiences imaginable.
Unfortunately, sometimes trapshooting can also be a painful experience. For instance, shoulder pain can be a result of the shooting process. Carrying your firearm and firing the gun with the recoil can injure the shoulder. In addition, just carrying all the equipment can be a real burden on the shoulders.
Proper stretching and strengthening exercises can help reduce the likelihood of this happening. Icing the shoulder after a shooting session can also help.
Elbow pain can also develop as a result of lifting and carrying. Cleaning your firearm can also cause elbow problems. Pain on the outside of the elbow is called lateral epicondylitis and can be very painful. It is often brought on by repetitive activity. Avoiding a lot of repetitive arm use is probably the best way to avoid this happening. Immediate icing of the elbow can also help.
Wrist and hand pain can also develop. Loading cartridges and getting your gear ready can be a set-up for future problems. It’s important to take frequent breaks while you’re getting ready.
And... I’m not kidding on this one... there’s a condition called trigger finger. This is a form of tendonitis. The finger or thumb locks so you can’t bend it or straighten it. Fortunately, it’s very treatable. See your rheumatologist.
Instead of one big load, do more trips in loading up the car.
As with any activity where there is lifting and carrying, low back pain can be a consequence. Stretching and strengthening is important both before as well as after your excursion. Lift with your knees, keep your back straight, and your head up. If necessary, get down on one knee. Test the load before you actually lift. Keep the load close to your body as you lift. Prolonged sitting can also do a number on your back.
Neck problems can also be a problem. For instance, scanning the skies and tracking the clays can be tiring for your neck. Prior to the shooting season, it’s important to do stretching and strengthening of your neck on a regular basis. Using ice packs immediately after a session can help. If you have chronic neck or back problems, moist heat can also help.
While knee, ankle, and foot problems aren’t that common, be careful, particularly if you have to do a lot of walking. For instance, at tournaments where your car might have to be parked some distance from the competition, pace yourself. Wear comfortable shoes with good arch supports.
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